Written by Team MD
03 October 2019







New Mexico State Open October 11th-12th
Including Guest Poser Steve Kuclo and Show MC Amanda Latona



ALBUQUERQUE, NM (October 3, 2019) – The NPC New Mexico State Open in Albuquerque, New Mexico presented by Carr Cellular Fitness will both entertain and motivate as hard-working amateur athletes as young as 16 and as old as 75 will show the audience what a few months of dedication to health and fitness can do to transform any physique!
While the show features competitions among the well-known “mass monsters” of bodybuilding, it also features a total of seven divisions showcasing a variety of body types including bikini, figure, men’s physique, classic physique, women’s physique, and fitness. Many of the new divisions have the coveted GQ and Sports Illustrated look. In addition to the amateur competitors, spectators will get the chance to visit with fitness vendors who will share their latest products. The products can help anyone achieve their health and fitness goals from simply dropping a pant size to become a star on the bodybuilding stage.
For this special debut event in New Mexico, Chris Minnes decided to “come out swinging” with IFBB Pro Steve Kuclo as the guest poser.  Steve Kuclo is a top IFBB Pro Bodybuilding from Texas who has been on the Mr. Olympia stage 5 times.
To add to this top-notch celebrity guest, the MC for this event is none other than IFBB Bikini Pro Amanda Latona.  Amanda is known as one of the best in the business as one of the MCs for the Arnold Sports Festival IFBB Pro League contest in Columbus, Ohio.
“We have shows around the world, but the response from New Mexicans when they have heard that we are bringing an event to Albuquerque has topped the charts!” said Chris Minnes, founder of Center Podium Productions.
This National Physique Committee (NPC) sanctioned event is projected to attract some 1,500+ spectators and 150+ athletes.
They will compete across seven divisions and 54 classes for a coveted National Qualification, and waived registration and complimentary hotel stay at the IFBB Pro League International Russia Championship in Moscow, Russia for the chance to earn IFBB Pro status.


Key Features of New Mexico State Open

  • NPC National Qualifier
  • Stunning Venue, Legends Theater in Route 66 Casino
  • Overall winners are invited to IFBB Pro League International Russia Championship in Moscow, Russia
  • Hero Classes
  • Fitness Vendors with samples, deals and advice

The event will feature the following divisions with multiple classes: Bodybuilding, Bikini, Figure, Men’s Physique, Classic Physique, Women’s Physique, and Fitness.
The title sponsor of the New Mexico State Open is Carr Cellular Fitness.  Other key sponsors are Team Darkhorse, Crunch Fitness, Pro Tan, SteelFit, Calibrated Training and Nutrition, Team Prolific, Dexter Jackson Classic, NPC West Coast Classic, Tahoe Show, Legion Sports Festival, IFBB Pro League Russia International Championship and Center Podium.
New Mexico State Open Schedule:

Friday, October 11 2019
3:00 PM    Free Seminar with Olympia and head judge Sandy Williamson.
5:00 PM   Registration and weigh/height-in for Men’s Bodybuilding, Classic Physique, Women’s and Fitness.
6:15 PM   All Competitor MANDATORY meeting
6:30 PM   Registration and height-in for Bikini, Figure, and Men’s Physique
Saturday, October 12 2019
9:00 AM    Doors open to the public for Pre-Judging for all NPC Divisions
10:00 AM  Pre-Judging
5:00 PM   Doors open for finals
6:00 PM   Finals for all NPC Divisions. ***OPEN Overall winners, please stay until the end for group photos.
Tickets range from $25.00 to $99.00 at https://centerpodium.com/npcnewmexico. For more information, visit https://centerpodium.com/npcnewmexico. The show can also be watched live online for free at https://centerpodium.com/npcnewmexico.
What: New Mexico State Open Bodybuilding Championship
When: Saturday, October 12, 2019, Pre-Judging NPC Divisions 10 AM to 2 PM Finals at 6:00 PM
Legends Theater at Route 66 Casino
14500 Central Ave SW, Rio Puerco
Albuquerque, NM 87121
Press Check-In: Saturday, October 12 at 9:00 AM or 5:00 PM (TV and media truck parking assigned)
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About Chris Minnes & Center Podium
Voted 2017 Promoter of the Year, Chris Minnes, owner of Center Podium Productions is known as the premier bodybuilding event promoter in the West. He has produced the NPC/IFBB sanctioned Tahoe Show since 2011, the New Mexico State Open in Riverside, CA. In 2018 he added the NPC Mother Lode, New Mexico State Open and the IFBB Legion Sports Festival with a 100,000 ft2 multi-sport fitness expo. With a background in event promotion beginning in 1991, Minnes has produced hundreds of events including concerts, ski & snowboard races, mountain bike races and much more. For more info, visit
About Steve Kuclo
Steve Kuclo is a husband, IFBB Pro Bodybuilder, an ALLMAX Athlete, a Weider athlete, an Icon Meals Athlete, and a business owner. He inspires throughout the world pursuing his passion of bodybuilding. Steve is a loving husband, a world-class athlete and a true hero. Steve has had a dual career since he was 21 working as a firefighter/paramedic for the city of Dallas. Steve has been able to balance both careers through his "fight to the top." As of the end of 2015, Steve is no longer working as a firefighter to put his full focus on bodybuilding. Though a hard decision to make, the demands of travel and business side of the sport, the decision allows Steve to focus and more time dedicated on his passion. – www.SteveKuclo.com
About Amanda Latona-Kuclo
Amanda is an accomplished Professional Fitness competitor, TV host, Fitness Cover Model, Personal Trainer, Recording-Artist, and creator of Bootyqueen Apparel.
Over the last 11 years, Amanda has established herself as a leader in the industry with over 26 1st place finishes in fitness and bikini competitions around the World. She officially earned her IFBB Pro card in 2009 after winning every competition that she entered that year. Since that time she has continued to dominate as a 10-time IFBB Pro Bikini Champion and over a 15-time International fitness cover model featured on the covers of Muscle and Fitness Hers, FLEX, and Oxygen magazine worldwide. She is a Team ALLMAX sponsored athlete, and a peoples champion.  – www.bootyqueenapparel.com